Spiced Chickpeas (Chole) Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Spiced Chickpeas (Chole) Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

Spiced Chickpeas (Chole)

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"Serve nice and hot with rice or naan. This is one of my favorite Indian dishes."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    55 mins


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the cumin and ground red chilies, and cook for a few seconds until the spices are fragrant. Add the serrano chiles, onions, garbanzo beans, lemon juice, and water; season to taste with salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the vegetables are tender and most of the liquid has evaporated, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with ginger, tomatoes, and cilantro to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 16, 2010

This recipe was fabulous! I started the rice first, and it was ready about the same time I finished the chole. It's quite spicy, but even my 2 1/2 yr old liked it. I didn't have the cilantro or serranos, but it was still great. Don't skip the tomatoes and fresh ginger root! They cut the heavy spice and rounded out the flavors nicely.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 06, 2012

I am going to try this again and hopefully give it 5 stars--totally my fault for not knowing the peppers being used but this was waaaay too spicy. I will use different ground red chilies (i used habanero) and maybe a smaller serrano pepper (the one I got from the grocery was quite large).


7 Ratings

Apr 27, 2010

It was good, as is, but when a friend suggested serving it with raita, oh yeah, that put it over the top! I happened to have some pre-made, but imagine in a pinch just some plain yogurt, mint and cucumber on the side would make this a 5 star dish.

May 23, 2011

This is great! I serve it over a bed of Romain lettuce to increase the amount of food per serving and reduce the calorie count.

Dec 18, 2011

Very surprisingly delicious. I used store bought chhole masala & added ginger & tomatoes last and then pressure cooked more. Loved it because I did not expect much out the recipe :-).

Nov 28, 2011

easy and delicious

Dec 03, 2012

Wow. Fantastic. Served this with Curried Coconut Chicken from this website and the two were fantastic together!! (Not to mention a side of white rice and rainbow sherbet for dessert!!) Had my friend and her family over and everyone loved it--she even asked me for the recipe! My husband thought it was perfect. This will definitely be made over and over again! Thanks for the amazing share!! Oh, I didn't use either of the chiles--I'm not a huge fan. I did use some red pepper (about 1/2 tspn) which was just the right amount of kick for me. Otherwise, followed the recipe and everything was delicious!


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  • Calories
  • 285 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 44.7 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 8.9 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 9.1 g
  • 36%
  • Protein
  • 8.9 g
  • 18%
  • Sodium
  • 527 mg
  • 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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